I earned my PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and have been with UF-English since 1998, after four years at Eastern Michigan University.  I trained as an Americanist but specialize in Anglophone children’s literature, with an interest in queer studies and theory studies. I’ve published two monographs with another on the way, and I’ve coedited four essay collections with a fifth in development (for more on research and publication, go here). I value professional service and have served as a project evaluator for the Research Foundation in Flanders, the Doctoral Fellowship Programme of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development, the SSHRC, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Junior Research Fellowship Program at Cambridge University, UK. I sit on various editorial boards and have been especially active with the Children’s Literature Association. From 2004-2013 I was an Associate Editor for the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly. With Kate Capshaw I am coeditor of the third volume of the Cambridge History of Children’s Literature, now in preparation, and with Elizabeth Marshall I coedit the Children’s Literature and Culture series at Routledge, the oldest-running monograph series in the field, founded by Jack Zipes. For English, I’ve served as Graduate Coordinator and Department Chair, and am now Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator. I am also an Affiliate Professor of the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research and Associate Director of UF’s Center for Children’s Literature & Culture. As part of the Baldwin Editorial Collective, now working on a book showcasing the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature. I teach undergraduate courses in children’s and young adult literature as well as graduate seminars such as “Into the Archive,” “Comparative Children’s Literature” and “Disney and Its Discontents.”

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